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Release of Cheetah3D 5.3 - 64-bit version

23. Feb. 2010


Cheetah3D 5.3 was released today. The biggest change in Cheetah3D 5.3 is undoubtedly the 64-bit version for Intel 64-bit CPUs. Now Cheetah3D can use all the memory installed in your Mac, and will allow you to create much more complex and more impressive scenes. To deal with these complex scenes, the Cheetah3D raytracing core has been accelerated considerably, and Altivec/SSE optimized. The handling of complex geometry has also been considerably improved: huge meshes with millions of polygons now render up to 10 times faster.

On the user interface side, the already convenient and easy-to-use Render Manager has been rewritten completely and is now even better. For example, for easier finding of old render jobs, a thumbnail preview is now available. The pose manager functionality has moved to a tag to allow saving poses locally and making it more conveninent and faster to work with character poses.

To offer an even better learning experience, we've once again teamed up with Andrew Heyworth, a professional designer and teacher, to produce Cheetah3D 5.0 video training material. The resulting "Cheetah3D 5.0 for Beginners" video tutorials cover all the main aspects of using Cheetah3D from the user interface, the new material system, modeling, rendering and animation. The length of the video tutorials has grown to five-and-a-half hours, and they are available via download (1.4 GByte, 1024x768 resolution) for just 29$.



New features in Cheetah3D 5.3:
  • added 64-bit support for Intel Macs
  • Altivec/SSE accelerated raytracing core
  • Altivec/SSE accelerated wire frame material node
  • redesigned UI of render manager (with thumbnail preview, job manaeger in main window, etc.)
  • moved pose manager functionality to new pose tag
  • tool settings can be saved to preferences (small factory icon in tool editor)
  • Second UV set is now displayed in the 3D view properly
  • chanchged extrude "segment" property to 1
  • some new icons (by Frank)
  • HDRI tag now uses panormaic mapping as default
  • more effienct preferences loading/saving
  • new Javascript API functions
    • Base::addParameterString(String paraname, String initvalue, Boolean build)
    • Base::addParameterLink(String paraname, Boolean build)
    • Base::parameterCount()
    • Base::parameterAtIndex(Number index)
  • fixed bug in Object::setCreatorObj() Javascript function
  • fixed bug in Global::print() Javascript function
  • fixed bug in File::seek() function
  • fixed bug in File::readFloat() function
  • fixed small bug in toolbar when using small icons
  • fixed bug when opening .jas files when a script was missing
  • fixed bug in render manager (beep after finished render job)
  • fixed crashing bug when using under sampling
  • fixed bug in gradient node
  • fixed bug in point slide tool
  • fixed bug when assigning materials to hidden polygons
  • fixed bug in gradient node
  • fixed bug in edge break normal calculation
  • fixed bug when loading scripts on Japanese systems
  • fixed bug with corrupted object IDs when importing .jas files
  • fixed bug with corrupted object IDs when copy & pasting object
  • fixed OpenEXR import bug
  • fixed exploding scale bug
  • fixed material assignment bug
  • fixed blurred reflections bug
  • fixed bug when rendering long animations
  • fixed bug with textures with alpha channel


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